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'We’re using a set of novel strategies, including trying to engineer probiotics with certain capabilities, which is a controversial subject. This is the next generation of probiotics,' says UK researcher. ©iStock/ChrisGorgio

UK-China probiotics centre plans GM research

By Eliot Beer

The UK-China Joint Centre for Probiotics Research is focusing on specific probiotic applications, and plans to use GM techniques to engineer highly targeted microorganisms to fight specific pathogens.

Pope Francis: 'There remain a number of significant difficulties [around GM crops] which should not be underestimated.' Picture: L'Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis weighs into the GMO debate

By Elaine Watson

Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over GM crops, arguing that while he doesn’t believe there is any “conclusive proof that GM cereals are harmful to human beings”, he worries about their effects on the ecosystem, and argues that they have resulted...

Farmer Steve Marsh is hoping the supreme court judges will overturn the high court's decision

Briefing

GM contamination case hinges on duty of care as judges hear appeal

By RJ Whitehead

"The heart of this clash between two neighbours is a question of how two systems of agriculture can co-exist," a court Western Australia’s supreme appeals court heard as an organic farmer who lost his certification allegedly due to the harvesting...

Australia will not take the lead on GM wine

Australia will not take the lead on GM wine

By Ankush Chibber

A key stakeholder in Australia’s booming wine industry has revealed that the country’s winegrowers are not going to take the lead when it comes to genetically modified (GM) wine production. 

David Cameron's GM advisers have said the government needs to clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production

GM food row: industry must tackle food security ignorance

By Rod Addy

If government and industry are to overcome unfounded opposition to genetic modification (GM) technologies, they should clearly communicate the challenges facing sustainable food production, the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers have claimed.

China’s new charm offensive highlights positive side of GM crops

Opinion

China’s new charm offensive highlights positive side of GM crops

By RJ Whitehead

China’s food safety authorities have really been ramping up their charm offensive in the last month. Not only have bodies like the China Food and Drug Administration been seen a flurry of activity in introducing new regulations and policing their patch,...

India’s elephant beginning to charge towards sustainability

Interview: Richard Werran, CEO of Cert ID Europe

India’s elephant beginning to charge towards sustainability

By RJ Whitehead

With over 30 years in the food industry, with a third of it spent providing and promoting food safety certification with Cert ID Europe, Richard Werran knows a fair bit about genetically modified crops in sustainable agriculture.

Haryana farmers demonstrate against GM corn trials

Insight India

Haryana farmers demonstrate against GM corn trials

By RJ Whitehead

Hundreds of farmers have turned out outside a regional research station in northern India as part of a peaceful protest against nearby open-air field trials of GM corn.

China issues draft law for GM foods

China issues draft law for GM foods

By Ankush Chibber

Stung by the growing concerns in the China over genetically modified (GM) foods, the Chinese government has issued a draft law that will govern the entire chain of such foods.

FSANZ wants input from industry on GM corn line

FSANZ body calls for submission on GM corn line application

By Ankush Chibber

The trans-Tasman food standards watchdog has called for submissions on an application to change the Food Standards Code to allow food derived from a genetically modified (GM) corn line to be sold in the region.

Experts defend GM trials after Greenpeace attack

Experts defend GM trials after Greenpeace attack

By Sarah Hills

Bringing a halt to genetically modified (GM) food trials would undermine competitiveness, according to one expert responding to the destruction of a GM wheat trial at a CSIRO farm in Canberra.

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